Upcoming Events

Farming 101 – RUSSELL COUNTY

Small scale fruit and vegetables, high tunnel production, IPM, farm management and more!  Come join the Alabama Extension staff along with experts from across Alabama for an interactive training on vegetable production, small business marketing, pest management, and much, much, more.  Build for farmers, open to everyone.  Training will be held on December 5, December 12, December 19, January 9, January 16, January 23, January 30, February 6, February 13, February 20 and February 27 from 3:00 pm until 5:00 pm EST at the Russell County Extension Office, 508 14th Street, Phenix City, AL  36867.  Class fee a la carte is $10.00 per session.  All classes is $100.00, including materials and refreshments.  Topics to be covered are:

December 5 – Livestock Management – Small scale beef production, sheep and goats – Josh Elmore

December 12 – Introduction to Beekeeping – Paul Berry

December 19 – Farm management:  Budgets and cash flow – Jessica Kelton

January 9 – Large fruit production – Chip East

January 16 – Site selection and basic soils – Soil management, improvements and cover crops – Audrey Gamble

January 23 – Protected production – Greenhouse, high tunnel – Dr. A or Dr. Kahn

January 30 – Vegetable production – Chip East or Dr. Kemble

February 6 – Value added – Janet Johnson

February 13 – Pond install and management – Jordan Graves/Bruce Boswekk

February 20 – Forage management – Josh Elmore or Steve Morgan

February 27 – Local resources – FSA, NRCS, ACES, UGA Extension

Pre-registration is required by November 28.  Contact the Russell County Extension Office at 334-298-6845 for registration or any questions.

Farming 101: For Beginning Farmers – BARBOUR COUNTY

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System is hosting a series for small, beginning, or transitioning farmers.  The course will offer 6 classes which will be held every Tuesday and Thursday starting January 9, 2018 and running through January 25, 2018 at the Barbour County Extension Office, 525 School Street, Eufaula, AL  36027 from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm CST.  The course dates and topics are as follows:  January 9 – Basic Soils, Farm Management & Financial Planning, January 11 – Small Scale Vegetable Production, January 16 – Vegetable Insect Pests Management, January 18 – Tunnel House Production, January 23 – Small Fruit Production, and January 25 – Beekeeping, Marketing & Value Added Products.  Pre-Registration is required by January 5th and the cost for the entire course is $50.  Call 334-687-5688 for more information or to register for the course.  We look forward to seeing you soon!!

Food Myths

GMO, Genetically Engineered, Bio Technology – What does it all mean?  Come join Alabama Extension professionals, researchers, and specialists from Auburn University and Alabama A&M University as we uncover the truth with non-based & research-based information.  This meeting will be held Thursday, August 10, 2017 from 5:30 until 7:30 pm EST at the Martin-Idle Hour Park Community Center, 3743 Moon Lake Dr, Phenix City, AL  36867.  This is a free program but you must register by August 10th.  Please call the Russell County Extension Office at 334-298-6845 to register and for more information.

2017 Russell County Farmers Market

Do you love fresh fruits and vegetables?  If so, join us for the 2017 Russell County Farmers Market.  Kick off will be Thursday, May 25 from 1:00 pm until 6:00 pm at the parking lot of Garrett Harrison Stadium.  We are excited to announce that we will have two locations for this year’s market.  You may purchase from 8:00 am until 12:00 noon ET each Saturday from local vendors beside the Chattahoochee Brewing Company on 13th Street or each Thursday from 2:00 pm to 6pm in the parking lot of Garrett-Harrison Stadium.  This is your opportunity to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables straight from the farmers.  Point of contact for the 2017 Russell County Farmers Market is Mrs. Jennifer Davidson, Russell County Extension Coordinator.  For more information, please call 334-298-6845 or come by our office at 508 14th Street in Phenix City.

Worker Protection Standard Train-The-Trainer Meeting

On Tuesday, March 14th, the Extension System will be conducting a Worker Protection Standard Train-The-Trainer Meeting. The purpose of this event is to train those who wish to train their own workers and handlers.  If you have a commercial or private applicator license, you are already qualified to train; however, by attending this event you will receive the training materials.  You will also have the opportunity to ask questions. This event is not intended to train workers or handlers.  It is strictly to train trainers. Lunch will be served. There is no registration fee for this training, but pre-registration is required. To register, call the Macon County Extension Office, 334-727-0340 by Friday, March 10th. The meeting will begin at 9:00 a.m. CST and will end around 2:00 p.m CST. The meeting will be held at the E.V. Smith Research Center located at 4725 County Road 40 in Shorter, Al.

Farm Succession Planning Seminar

Russell County Extension will be hosting an evening workshop on February 28, 2017 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm EST at the Russell County Extension Office, 508 14th Street, Phenix City, AL 36867.  The workshop will provide information for producers related to farm estate planning and farm transfer.  Join us as Dr. Robert Tufts, Emeritus Professor at Auburn University and lawyer specializing in estate planning, presents on topics including:

  • Documents in an estate plan
  • Problems created by leaving assets “to children equally”
  • Should a trust or business entity be used to transfer the farm to the next generation

Dinner will be provided and is sponsored by the Lee-Russell Council of Governments.

Please call the Russell County Extension Office at 334-298-6845 to register.  Seating is limited.

Private Pesticide Applicator Training Class

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System will be teaching several private pesticide applicator training classes. These classes are designed for the farmers who need to take the private pesticide applicator test in order to purchase restricted use products. However, we will be discussing chemical safety and sprayer calibration at this class, so anyone who sprays pesticides on a large scale will benefit from this training even if a restricted pesticide license is not needed.

A fee of $20 will be charged for this training and testing. An additional licensing fee of $25 will be sent to the Department of Agriculture and Industries by the applicant. The licensing fee is not included in the training and testing fee. Please plan to pay with a check (checks are preferred) made out the Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES) in the amount of $20 or with the correct cash amount.

Remember to read and follow the label directions before applying pesticides. On our web site, we have information on pesticides that are labeled for certain crops, such as insects, disease, and weed control in turf, ornamentals, vegetables, fruit, forages, and other areas such as insects in wood structures.

For people who spray large areas, remember that sprayer calibration is extremely important. Sprayer calibration is the process of figuring out how many gallons of water is being applied to a known area and making needed adjustments so that the correct volume of water is applied. The particular pesticide label will give a range of desired gallons of water per acre that is needed to be applied along with the recommended rate of pesticide. If you need more information on sprayer calibration, just contact your local County Extension Office or visit our web site at www.aces.edu and type sprayer calibration in the “Search Our Site” box.

When: February 1st

Where: Russell County Extension Office 508 14th Street

To register, call: (334) 298-6845

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 12 noon (EST)

Edible Fall Gardening

Join University of Georgia Vegetable Specialist, Bob Westerfield, and Alabama Extension Agent, David Koon, 2 September 2016 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm EDT at the Idle Hour Community Center, 3743 Moon Lake Drive, Phenix City, AL  36867, to learn how you can deepen your skills to have a successful fall garden this year!  Learn the basics: from choosing varieties to cultivation practices, as well as how to incorporate those delicious veggies into your existing landscape.  Registration fee is $10.  Lunch is provided.  Please register by August 31st.  For more information contact the Russell County Extension Office at 334-298-6845 or come by 508 14th Street in Phenix City.